European Shakespearean Films:

While Shakespeare was a man of the English renaissance, his imagination was clearly and broadly European.

Of Shakespeare’s thirty-eight plays, only seven were set exclusively in England. Six more are set primarily in England but cross borders to France, Wales, and Scotland. Thirteen take place in Italy, four in Greece, two in Turkey, one in Spain, and one in Denmark. There are even excursions to Cyprus and the Czech Republic.

Europe embraced Shakespeare in return. Voltaire and French neoclassicists helped Shakespeare spread across northern Europe. German Romantics made him a national icon. Italian actors popularized his works and turned Hamlet, Desdemona, and Juliet into household names. Composers of symphonies contributed to the trend, as did those of Italian, French, and German opera. By the end of the nineteenth century, Shakespeare had become an integral part of Europe’s artistic heritage and an enduring icon in its cultural legacy.

European film is no exception to this trend. From the earliest history of silent cinema, Shakespeare has appeared on the silver screen in many forms to serve many artistic, cultural, and political purposes. This year’s Nanovic film at Notre Dame series presents a sampling of that rich legacy and will be introduced by scholars and filmmakers of international stature. Co-sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Shakespeare at Notre Dame and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT
Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

KOROL LIR/KING LEAR
Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE
Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

OTELLO
Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

PROSPERO’S BOOKS
Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

HAMLET GOES BUSINESS
Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

HAMLET
Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Each screening in the series will have a twenty-minute introductory presentation by a filmmaker or scholar. We will also present an animated short scene taken from the highly-acclaimed SHAKESPEARE: THE ANIMATED TALES. All films are shown in the THX-certified Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on campus.

Tickets for all films are $6, $5 faculty/staff, $4 seniors, and $3 all students. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 574-631-2800 or visit performingarts.nd.edu.

Film Series Calendar